Milford Wind Corridor project enters into construction phase

First Wind has started construction of its Milford Wind Corridor project. It is being described as the largest project that First Wind has undertaken and the largest to be built in the state of Utah to date.

It will feature 97 total wind turbines. Construction of this project is expected to be completed by the end of 2009.

The Milford Wind Corridor Project will generate up to 203 MW of clean energy upon its completion, making it one of the largest renewable energy facilities in Utah and the largest wind energy farm in the state.

Last month, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) completed a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental assessment for the facility and issued the finding with the decision to approve the project.

The Milford Wind Corridor is the first wind energy facility permitted under the BLM's Wind Energy Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Western US states.

The independent North American wind energy company shared that the project will provide economic benefits to Millard and Beaver Counties by contributing significant property tax revenues and bringing new jobs to the area.

To its credit, late last year, the company had completed a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA), on behalf of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and the cities of Burbank and Pasadena to supply the City of Los Angeles with clean, renewable energy from the Milford Wind Corridor project.

The agreement was approved by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the L.A. City Council.